“They Don’t Know One Little Thing”

Pamela Bone

in A Matter of Principle

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780520244863
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932166 | DOI:
“They Don’t Know One Little Thing”

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The quote that serves as the title for this chapter is by an Iraqi woman in Jordan, being interviewed by the BBC at the time of the toppling of the statue of Saddam Hussein. She provided this response when she was asked about antiwar protesters, together with other women who were gathered together to recount the horrors of the regime of Saddam Hussein. Some of the women's “sexual crimes” included having been raped by one of Saddam's sons. The emerging global consensus that human rights override national sovereignty broke down over Iraq. Iraq brought together the war against terrorism, Islam versus democracy, national sovereignty versus human rights, secularism versus religious fundamentalism. It badly needs the world to believe it can become a normal country.

Keywords: Iraq; Saddam Hussein; sexual crimes; human rights; national sovereignty; terrorism; secularism; religious fundamentalism; Islam; democracy

Chapter.  4925 words. 

Subjects: Social Movements and Social Change

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